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Williams follows in father?s footsteps

Report by Jonathan Cook

Williams played a key role in last night?s Call To Arms Cup match against Perth Glory, which was decided by a first-half goal from the A-League side?s Nebojsa Marinkovic in wet and windy conditions.

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Nebojsa Marinkovic hurdles Trent Kay. Photo: Vince Caratozzolo.

Despite the disappointment of defeat, the former Burnley player was thrilled to have represented WA against high-calibre opposition.

?It was brilliant,? Williams said. ?I?m chuffed to bits to be picked for the State team. My dad played in the State team in the mid-80s, so it?s great to put on the jersey and play against a class A-League team. It was a great experience.?

After his playing days, Eric Williams went on to coach the State team and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2005 for his services to the game.

Williams was State coach for 18 matches, racking up nine victories ? including success against visiting English teams West Ham United and Nottingham Forest in 1995 ? and three draws.

Prior to Perth Glory?s entry into the National Soccer League in 1996, the WA State team played regular fixtures against visiting clubs and countries.

Aryn Williams, who has been training with Glory recently, felt there was an appetite among players for more State games to be scheduled in future.

?It might be good to get the squad together maybe half way through the season and play three or four games against Glory throughout their pre-season,? he said.

?Or maybe play against other States and teams from Asia to show that we do have good talent over here. It would be a good spectacle for the fans.?